The Trenton Curling Club feature league this week is the Mathew Jeffs, Marine Contractors Thursday Night Cash League, or Curling for Dollars.
In addition to their normal curling fees, each team puts up an additional $120 to play in this league. The pay off per team is cash, based on the number of wins and standing at the end of the season. The lure of the green stuff makes this one of the more competitive leagues in the club.
Going into this week’s play, the top team was Bill Nancarrow with Dave Bullis, Dave Flieler, and Barb Flieler at three wins and a tie. Coincidentally, the two Daves on this team are co-conveners of the league, but this should not be construed as a fix. This is actually the first time in 27 years that Dave Bullis is on a winning team. At the other end of the standings column is Terry McKue’s team including Michelle Boucher, Maureen Allore and Julie Rickard. With one win and three losses they should perhaps seek out a financial adviser for an alternative strategy for a return on their investment.
On sheet one, Jim Marshall demolished Arduth Paquette’s team (affectionately known as the banking ladies) in just four ends, suggesting the bankers may not end up as rich as they think. Next door, McKue played a close game against Paul Jenkins, but after seven ends, McKue led by two. On his final stone, facing three opposition rocks, Jenkins surrendered, shook hands and gave McKue the win (allowing her to leave the league cellar).
On sheet three, Bert Garrett was competing against Vince Brennan in a see saw game that saw Garrett twice face four opponent stones on his skip’s rocks. In the final end, with Brennan up one, Garrett ricocheted off his own to take a piece of the four foot. A measure for second shot gave Garrett the win.
Meanwhile, Nancarrow, tied after seven with Paul Aitken, needed an opposition takeout to score four and a commanding lead. He came up short, took one point, and gave Aitken the hammer coming home. Aitken faced two on his last rock, threw inside and gave Nancarrow the 7-6 win and a stranglehold on first place.
Next week the Grands and Greats from Trenton, Brighton, and Stirling will be in house for their annual bonspiel. As well, St. Paul Catholic Secondary School has a noon hour league/clinic ending with a mini-spiel on Wednesday, Dec. 19.
If you’re looking for a great way to give something back to the community, the Trenton Kiwanis Club will be hosting their annual Christmas luncheon/auction at TCC on Friday, Dec. 14. All proceeds will go to the local Salvation Army. For information or tickets call John Lewis at 613-849-0741.
For regular league scores and club information, please visit our web site at www.trentoncurlingclub.com